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You are the key to advancement, empowerment

With as much meaningless and non-redeeming information being discussed on radio and television among Black folks, I often wonder if we even want to hear solutions to our problems, much less do anything to help solve them.

One year after Ferguson: A change still must come

After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, yet another African American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to ...

The two elephants in the room: GOP’s raging intra-party war

he Aug. 6 Fox News-sponsored, two-tiered debate of the GOP presidential primary candidates has shown anew that the Republican Party is continuing to explore different ways a political party can self-destruct.

Hanging on to hope to keep Black men, boys alive

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the world’s leading peace and justice advocates, has called Bryan Stevenson “America’s Nelson Mandela.” He has gotten innocent men off death row, successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court multiple times, including to ...

Voter suppression overshadows Voting Rights Act celebration

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, co-founded by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will hold a Call to Action Rally at 9 a.m. ...

I am Sandra Bland: ‘Sick and tired of being sick and tired’

Had I ever met Sandra Bland, I am sure I would have liked her. She is described as an advocate for justice who had embraced her purpose to fight racism.

The African American community also failed Sandra Bland

Sandra Bland is dead.

An island of isolation: The Sphinx proposal

Fiji Island’s official tourism website seduces travelers to visit by advertising that “families and children have a special place here.” Perhaps that is the case with the island near the Australian coast, but not in Dallas on Corinth Street where ...

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act

On June 4, I was proud to join Congressman Tim Murphy, R-Penn., as he introduced bipartisan mental health reform legislation, H.R. 2646, the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Murphy and I have worked together during the past two ...

10 rules to help Black young men survive

Like so many, I have been deeply disturbed by the senseless loss of Black male lives at the hands of law enforcement officials. I was particularly affected by Tamir Rice’s senseless death – a 12-year-old sixth grader who loved drawing, ...

Answer for Confederate apologists

Someone identifying himself as Jimmy Oliver sent me an email objecting to a column I wrote under the headline, “Confederate Traitors Don’t Deserve to be Honored.” I presume he wrote to get a reply, so here it is, with Oliver’s ...

What Black parents must do this summer

There is a three-year gap between Black and White students.

Oops, a cop just shot me ... twice in the back

A cop “shot” me last week. He didn’t mean to. I was unarmed, but he put two rounds into my back.

The change we’ve been waiting for – take action

In light of the conversations about police abuse, unwarranted stops and arrests, and homicide cases involving Black people and police officers, many Black people get angry, maybe have a march, and then go home to await the next incident. Some ...

The change we’ve been waiting for – take action

In light of the conversations about police abuse,